Oslo, Norway – September 9, 2005
Opera Software today announced that theOpera browser is included on the Hitachi W32H for KDDI’s 3G network inJapan. The release of this new, BREW-based mobile phone coincides with theone-year anniversary of Opera Software’s agreement with KDDI. It is thefifth mobile phone with Opera delivered by KDDI within one year.
“After one year of working with KDDI to bring the full Internet to mobilephones in Japan, we have seen the definite fulfillment of our agreement,”says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “KDDI has released multipledevices with the Opera browser, all successfully received by the marketand all offering cutting-edge innovation with the ability to surf the fullInternet while on the go. The Japanese are advanced users of technologyand their choice of the Opera browser shows clear foresight into thefuture of the mobile Web.”
Opera Software announced its agreement with KDDI in August 2004 andtogether they shipped the first phone in December 2004, making Opera thefirst full Internet browser on the Japanese 3G network.
“By partnering with Opera, we have introduced the Japanese market to thefull Internet on the mobile phone,” says Seiichiro Sakai, Ph.D, DirectorProduct Management Department, “au” Service & Product Planning Division”au” Business Sector, KDDI. “Japanese user adoption was made easier withthe exceptional Internet experience Opera offers. Our customers would notbe satisfied with anything less than desktop-like surfing, unlimitedaccess to content and easy usability with Opera’s Small-Screen Renderingâ„¢(SSR) technology.”
KDDI’s Hitachi W32H will be released in September 2005 in Japan.